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Barnett cleaned up Ricky's mess

Rick recruited really well and had recruiting classes ranked 9, 7, 5, and 18 from 1995-1998 but several of his highest ranked kids never played a down for CU. He weakened the team in the trenches on both sides of the ball to the point where CU couldn't run and couldn't stop the run in 97 and 98. The Buffs became a PAC10 team where we had good receivers and DB's but no physicality. Without Barnett coming back to build up the toughness and physicality, 2001 and 2002 would have never happened and in my opinion those were the last of the really good, talented teams in Boulder.

Barnett deserves a lot of credit for making that happen but he made some mistakes along the way. From 1999-2005 he had 7 recruiting classes and only 2 of them were good ones (2000 and 2002). The teams he had from 2003-2005 were not good. The division titles in 04 and 05 were meaningless and we got body slammed by Oklahoma and Texas in those conference championship games. After the mess with the scandal and the school-imposed recruiting restrictions and the horrible national image of Barnett (he didn't deserve it but it was out there), the guy needed to go. The talent had really dried up and he could no longer recruit effectively.
CU had to move on to a new coach where they could lift the recruiting restrictions and start fresh with a clean slate. Unfortunately, they chose Dan Hawkins and gave him 5 years to completely destroy the program.

(In response to this post by Buffalo Bob)

Posted: 07/13/2019 at 4:08PM


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About Barnett's reputation. -- Buffalo Bob 07/13/2019 11:11AM
  Barnett cleaned up Ricky's mess -- SamBuff 07/13/2019 4:08PM
  I can't agree with that -- SamBuff 07/14/2019 06:20AM
  Re: Barnett cleaned up Ricky's mess -- Gateway 07/13/2019 11:12PM
  1998 was a pretty good year -- SamBuff 07/13/2019 11:44PM
  Yep. That about sums it up. ** -- HooYahBUFF 07/13/2019 6:09PM
  Really, only the long view matters -- BuffsIn2019 07/13/2019 12:29PM
  Pretty sorry Rushmore. ** -- 241Volcano 07/13/2019 5:04PM
  Flintstone. Duh -- CUKev 07/13/2019 3:20PM
  Hint: They named a stadium for him! ** -- BuffsIn2019 07/13/2019 2:41PM
  I respect Barnett -- CUKev 07/13/2019 12:27PM
  Love Barnett! -- IdaBuff 07/13/2019 12:02PM
  Fair and balanced opinion. -- BuffaloMoe 07/13/2019 11:40AM